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Do Patanjali's yoga aphorisms or any other scriptures mention anything about which yoga asanas we should practice everyday?

  • Well, if you're a member of the first three castes, you're supposed to do Sandhyavandanam every day, and that involves various Asanas. – Keshav Srinivasan Feb 11 '16 at 15:12
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    @KeshavSrinivasan caste or varna? – user5155835 Feb 11 '16 at 15:23
  • I don't make any distinction between caste and Varna; caste is just the English translation of Varna. In any case, Sandhyavandanam is the required daily duty of everyone who wears a sacred thread, and wearing the sacred thread is the duty of all Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, and Vaishyas; see my answer here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/2901/36 – Keshav Srinivasan Feb 11 '16 at 16:01
  • @KeshavSrinivasan, Nearest translation for Varna can be "Division", though not precise. Various "Caste" are just names given to certain group of people in various "Divisions". "Castes" can be hundreds, while Varnas are just 4. "Castes" can come and go, while Varnas would usually retain in a decent society. A "Caste" can associate with certain Varna at 1 time & another Varna at other time, or both. Analogy: "Man-Woman" is a division, while "Husband-Wife", "Father-Daughter", "Son-Mother" are castes. Some explanation on "Caste" vs "Division" hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/9202/1049 – iammilind Feb 12 '16 at 7:20
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    No they don't. Asanas are gymnastic exercises only. They are not taught in the Vedantic scriptures. They are recommended for beginners to help establish flexibility for sitting longer periods of time in meditation, but they are not recommended as a lifetime pursuit. You are spirit, not body. Too much emphasis on body will make you believe you are the body ... – Swami Vishwananda Feb 14 '16 at 4:52

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